Plot summary (from IMDb): After surviving a gang rape and mugging, a middle-aged businesswoman and her 23-year-old boyfriend plot to murder their attackers, but find themselves conflicted about carrying out their plans.
Warning: Spoilers below!
- Gillian Anderson was pretty much the only reason to watch this film all the way through. Having known her only as the strong, stoic Scully, it was amazing to see her pull off the role of rape victim/revenge seeker Alice.
- The running time was blissfully short. It was refreshing to have a non-comedy clock in at around 80 minutes without the filmmakers feeling the need to pad the final product with filler scenes.
- Even though the rape scene was extremely brutal, I probably could have lived with it. But then the filmmakers decided they needed to revisit the event in more agonizing detail when Heffer was confessing to Alice. That was just way too much for my tastes.
- Danny Dyer was awful as Adam. He had zero chemistry with Anderson, and his acting didn’t even come close to hers. It was excruciating having to watch him try to keep up.
- I just didn’t understand Adam and Alice’s “relationship” at all. They went out together ONCE before the rape/beating happened, yet all their subsequent actions were more befitting an established couple that had been together for years. Why would they persist in going through all that arguing and fighting? A more realistic scenario would have been for them to go their separate ways with Alice pursuing revenge on her own. There was absolutely no reason for them to be together.
- Adam’s reactions to everything bugged the hell out of me. Whether he was sniveling about not being able to get it up or egging Alice on when she was shoving that shotgun up Heffer’s ass, I always felt like punching him in the fucking face. And that ridiculous eye patch he wore for 85% of the film didn’t help matters either.
- That ending was rather unsatisfying. Adam turning into a psycho killer and blasting away Heffer’s accomplices felt like too much of an extreme change, and I just didn’t know what to make of Alice and Sophie driving off together. Did Sophie know Alice was the victim from that night? The way they talked together made it seem like they knew each other from before.
I had high hopes for Closure because Gillian Anderson was in it. And even though her performance was beyond reproach, it didn’t make it any easier for me to slog through the story. Adam, both the character and the actor, were too much of a liability, and the plot was too straightforward and one-dimensional to be truly engrossing. I give this one 2 stars out of 5.